Harman set to deliver audio upgrade to Samsung Galaxy phones

Following the $8bn deal to buy Harman International, Samsung has confrmed that it may well use Harman's audio technology in their Galaxy S phones.

According to The Investor these phones could come as early as 2018, according to Park Jong-hwan, Senior VP and head of Samsung’s car parts division.

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Through the acquisition, Samsung takes control of the Harman Kardon, AKG, JBL, Mark Levinson, Revel, Infinity and Lexicon brands, so there's plenty of audio pedigree.

It could see Samsung phones get an audio upgrade, just as LG managed with the G5 phone, thanks in no small part to a partnership with B&O.

The Samsung deal also looks set to capitalise on Harman's motoring relationships, which sees the brand work with Ford, BMW, Lexus and Tesla to providing the in-car audio systems.

While Samsung says it is not looking to manufacture its own cars, the company is trying to get firm partnerships with other carmakers, although Harman will remain independent for the foreseeable future.

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Adam was a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?, reviewing consumer gadgets for online and print publication, as well as researching and producing features and advice pieces on new technology in the hi-fi industry. He has since worked for PC Mag as a contributing editor and is now a science and technology reporter for The Independent.